Australian Museum Journal A new species and sub-species of fruit-bats (Pteropus) from the Santa Cruz Group

Shortform:
Troughton, 1930, Rec. Aust. Mus. 18(1): 1–4
Author(s):
Troughton, Ellis Le G.
Year published:
1930
Title:
A new species and sub-species of fruit-bats (Pteropus) from the Santa Cruz Group
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
18
Issue:
1
Start page:
1
End page:
4
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.18.1930.713
Language:
English
Date published:
10 November 1930
Cover date:
10 November 1930
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
05 February 2009
Available online:
05 March 2009
Reference number:
713
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (122kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (550kb PDF)

Abstract

During a collecting expedition amongst some of the islands of the Santa Cruz Group from July to August, 1926, when Mr. A. A. Livingstone and myself had the good fortune to be guests of Mr. N. S. Heffernan, then District Officer of the Group, a very interesting collection of fruit-bats representing three species was obtained. Apart from the historical importance of Vanikoro Island because of the loss there in 1788 of La Pérouse's two ships, great zoological interest attaches to the fateful spot owing to the visitation of the famous naturalists Quoy and Gaimard, the first to make scientific observations and collections in that region. Their collections were naturally very incomplete and also subject to considerable confusion, as later researches in various branches have shown, doubtless owing to the conditions of work and storage aboard the "Astrolabe," as well as to the fact that the range of individual forms would not then be considered of so much importance.